It’s easy to be on the outside looking in. I recently met a daughter who has been taking care of her mother for three years while raising two young children. She has finally decided that it’s time to look at an assisted living facility for her mother because she is physically and mentally exhausted. Her friends supportive of having her mother living with her have turned the other cheek and are now telling her that she should not “put her mother away”. The daughter is feeling significant guilt and is wondering if her friends are right. If you find yourself in a similar situation and you are not family, keep unsupportive advice to yourself, especially if you’ve never walked a day in the shoes of the caregiver.

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